Category archives for: Entertainment

Kat Quinn: Kind of Brave

Kat Quinn

By Andrew Shilling Kat Quinn moved to Astoria three years ago when she was told her music wasn’t country enough for Nashville. After discovering her talent for playing guitar and writing music while attending the University of Notre Dame, she soon began playing for friends. It wasn’t long before the young singer-songwriter took her newfound […]

The It’s List: Top 15 Musicians from Queens

Top 15 Musicians of Queens

Many think of New York City as the heart of the music industry. People from all over the globe trek to the Big Apple to play some dive bars, get noticed and make it big. Mostly, people think of Manhattan as the place where musical magic is made, but there is much to be said […]

The Long Road: From Woodside to Hollywood with Jodi Long

Jodi Long, seated

By Jess Berry With five Broadway shows under her belt, appearances in feature films like RoboCop 3 and The Hot Chick, roles in popular TV dramas like Desperate Housewives and Sex & the City and now a starring role in the popular television series Sullivan & Son, Jodi Long comes off as a born and […]

How to Break into Comedy in Queens


Liam McEneaney, a Queens comedian who has been featured on Comedy Central, VH1 and Showtime still lives in his childhood apartment in Rego Park, writing jokes and continuing his lifelong path to comedy stardom. It all began when he dropped out of Francis Lewis High School. After getting his GED, in comedic fashion, he then […]

Ten Local Reasons To Brave The Winter Weather!

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by Audrey Dimola We know how easy it is to slip into sweet, sweet hibernation mode when you’re faced with freezing rain, apocalyptic snowfall, or just plain cold – but not this time! Here’s a few fun local reasons to see something besides your laptop, television screen, or apartment walls this winter, and maybe, just […]

Pia Toscano


The down-to-earth Queens girl catches up with It’s Queens. By LISA A. FRASER Pia Toscano was glamorous as usual when she performed for a local Howard Beach event in October. The former American Idol contestant and now recording artist, was clad in a bedazzling short, silver, sequenced dress and six-inch heels, which accentuated her already […]

LAVIN LARGE: The Red Storm Are Back!

Steve Lavin

Maybe coaching matters after all By DANIEL BUSH One afternoon a few days before flying to Denver for the start of the NCAA tournament, Steve Lavin paused to reflect on the extraordinary turnaround of the St. John’s men’s basketball program.  Tailor-made for the spotlight, the former ESPN analyst-turned Red Storm head coach was dressed head-to-toe […]

The underground life of Astoria’s Saw Lady


World-famous busker Natalia Paruz doesn’t have to play in the city’s subway system any longer.  She just chooses to.  It’s so much more interesting down there, and the acoustics are way better. By NATHAN TEMPEY In the subway, through the clatter of trains and the murmur of announcements, you hear it before you see it. […]

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